WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Connor Carrick #58 of the Washington Capitals batles for the puck against Matt Ellis #37 of the Buffalo Sabres in the first period during an NHL game at Verizon Center on January 12, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)
I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.
— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday